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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says he’s adding his name to the 30 fellow Democrats who are co-sponsoring legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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The bill that Casey said Tuesday he’s joining would raise the federal minimum wage, set at $7.25 an hour since 2007, in six annual steps to $15.

It’s written by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and backed by five other Democratic senators who, like Sanders, are seeking the party’s nomination to run for president.


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Previously, Casey had authored legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

Casey acknowledges that winning passage in the Republican-controlled Senate is a tall order, but says it’s important to build support for it now if a Democrat is elected president in 2020.

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